Gordon & MacPhail (distilled at Tamnavulin), 43%, 1989 Vintage, 40%

Price: $50.00 Issue: Spring 2005 Reviewer: John Hansell

Not all Speyside whiskies are big, masculine, and sherried. Some are gentler, as is this expression of Tamnavulin. The whisky is creamy and smooth in texture, with notes of vanilla custard, honeyed malt, and even a hint of marshmallow and hay. Very soothing finish. This is one of the most polished Tamnavulin whiskies I’ve tasted recently (and going from 40% to 43% in strength provided some extra richness and body). Whisky with dessert, anyone?